Neighbours: Hit and Run ~ Review

Welcome back Chloe Buckles, guest reviewing her beloved soap operaNeighbours for me and in this case she’s selected the late night special! Here are her thoughts…

If you were a solid watcher of Neighbours in the 90’s then Monday evening’s 10pm one-hour special of the UK’s favourite Australian soap was the place to be without a doubt! Nostalgic, with some familiar faces of ex-cast, the show put on its best impression of a movie and encouraged us to get reminiscent of the 1990’s.

We kicked off with a Spice Girls intro instead of the usual opening titles, starting up the full themed 90’s party atmosphere as we headed off into Toadie’s (Ryan Moloney) 21st birthday party, seeing the return of familiar faces Stu Parker (Blair McDonough), Lance Wilkinson (Andrew Bibby) and Stonie Rebecchi (Anthony Engelman) – dressed as Teletubbies, naturally. Toadie won the party of his dreams from Lassiters, and of course the whole neighbourhood was invited! Plus there was an appearance from fan favourites Angie and Big Kev (Lesley Baker and Don Bridges)! There were some excellent costumes, but I enjoyed Paul Robinson’s (Stefan Dennis) “I came as myself in the 90’s” and Gary’s “a man in his 90’s”. The party atmosphere was somewhat disrupted though, by Stu who had a message to give to Toadie from Sindi (Marisa Warington) – the co-conspirator on the whole Andrea/Dee plot a few months back. When Toadie did catch up with Sindi, it was to be told that Andrea is back in town, watching him and wants to speak to him. I can’t imagine Sonya (Eve Morey) is going to be happy about that.

Unless you’ve been under a rock over the last week you won’t have missed the big news that Izzy Hoyland (Natalie Bassingthwaighte) is back in town, and she made her usual dramatic entrance – being knocked over by a car, that Susan (Jackie Woodburne) was driving! Karl (Alan Fletcher) and Susan have been picking at each over and bickering of late, ever since Karl returned from Thailand with a smuggled durian fruit and tried to pass the smell of it off on Susan at customs. Bad move Karl. Since then we’ve watched the couple bicker over the smallest of things and Karl become obsessed with wanting to be involved with a new wing being built at the hospital. In fact, in this episode, he’s cleared out the couple’s retirement fund. Susan is understandably cheesed off! Now, with Izzy’s return, are the couple set to hit to rocks over her, yet again? Izzy definitely manages to cast a spell over Karl in this episode, making him question whether Susan was in a fit state to drive after their disagreement. And it quickly becomes apparent when Izzy’s discussing with daughter Holly (Lucinda Armstrong Hall), that she has a plan up her sleeve involving the Kennedy’s. Izzy is definitely one of those characters you love to hate (or just love!) and having her back on the show is such a treat! As Susan said, “Isabelle has never done anything in her life without an agenda.”

Elsewhere, Tyler (Travis Burns) and Piper (Mavournee Hazel) aren’t in the partying mood with Tyler’s up and coming murder trial and have chosen to spend their last night in the city. Piper quickly confesses to Tyler that she has a plan – to go on the run! This move, to me, seems very out of character for Piper, who until recently was always very independent and unlikely, I think, to be altering her whole future for her boyfriend. But then, perhaps love makes people do silly things! Tyler is reluctant to agree but eventually concedes and the pair put on their (unconvincing) disguises to start their new life together. Elsewhere though, best friend Xanthe (Lilly Van der Meer) has had to admit that the pair are planning to run away and suddenly police helicopters are dispatched and Tyler and Piper are on a dramatic chase, desperate to get away. Tyler jumps a rooftop, telling Piper that she needs to go back to her family. However, Piper isn’t listening and follows him – leaving us all on a literal cliff hanger (or roof hanger). Will Piper manage to hold on? Or is it all over for her?

Overall, this episode left me wanting more – and it’s been a while since I felt that way about Neighbours. A fleeting appearance from newbie Rafael (Coronation Street’s Ryan Thomas) who it looks as though has unfinished business with Paul Robinson (who hasn’t…?) is just another small hook we were given into the up and coming weeks storylines. Personally I can’t wait to see what havoc Izzy is going to play on the Kennedy’s, and if we’ll ever see an end to the Andrea/Dee storyline – I’m still holding out hope that Dee is alive!

You can catch Neighbours at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.

 

Picture credits: Channel 5

Trust Me, Series One, Episode Two ~ Review

Here’s Chloe Buckles, our wonderful television Guest Reviewer to sum up the latest episode of Trust Me…

As Cath Hardacre’s pretence as Dr Ally Sutton begins to unravel, viewers are left wondering who’s going to be the first to realise she isn’t who she says she is? Or will she actually be able to make it work?

The web of Cath Hardacre’s (Jodie Whittaker) lies is getting even more complex and tangled as we dive into the second episode of this BBC mini-series. We visit the A&E department briefly in this episode as Cath clearly now is at home in her new role. And occasional slip-up or mispronunciation of a word is all that can tell her apart from her other A&E doctor colleagues – all of whom love this new doctor who takes times to talk to and care for her patients like no other doctor they’ve seen before.

Ally (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) Red Productions – Photographer: Mark Mainz

In this episode we focus in on Cath’s newly formed relationships with co-workers and new-boyfriend Andy Brenner (Emun Elliott). But it’s these relationships that look like they could be her unravelling, as well as her past sticking its nose in and coming back to haunt her. However, she does manage to get HR off her back by obtaining (at long last) a fake passport for herself in Ally’s name.

Returning to her routes in Sheffield to visit her ailing dad, Cath makes plans to see former partner Karl (The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison) who seems to have his life back on track and is keen to kick start the relationship between them and spend time with his daughter, Molly. Of course, not only is Cath now in a new relationship with colleague Andy, but Karl has no idea of what she’s currently up to – taking on the identity of her best friend. However, if anyone, I think Karl might be the most sympathetic to her situation and probably the only person that we’ve met who would keep up the pretence on her behalf.

Another concern for Cath is pesky journalist Sam Kelly (Nathan Welsh) who’s following up the story of neglect of patients at her former hospital. Desperate to be the one to expose what’s going on, he’s tracked Cath down at her new place of work and was dangerously close to spotting that she no longer goes under the name of Cath Hardacre and is masquerading at best friend Ally. Telling him she needed a fresh start, and allowing Sam to believe that Karl abused her, Sam eventually promises to stay away and leave her to her new life. I’ve got a feeling we’ll be seeing more of him though.

Ally (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) Red Productions – Photographer: Mark Mainz

Attending a conference with colleague and line manager Brigitte Rayne (Sharon Small) was where another strand of this massive lie was likely to be pulled apart, as a former work colleague seemed to recognise Cath. These excellent scenes gave us some welcome insight into Brigitte, who so far seems to be a stressed out and a not very well respected boss, as well as naïve to how Cath is pulling the wool over her eyes. The scene shared between them outside was particularly well done as Brigitte tells Cath of how she neglected to spot sepsis in a young girl, because she wanted to finish her shift and go home, and the result of which was that the young girl died. A powerful scene that showed some insight into Brigitte’s character and also, I’m sure, made Cath realise how much she is playing with fire with patients lives.

The final relationship threatening to uncover Cath’s secret is her new relationship with colleague Andy Brenner. He’s already worked out that something is amiss after speaking to a friend of his who knows the real Ally Sutton. And when he intercepts a call about Cath’s dad we can see something is beginning to click into place for him as he reaches for the trusty internet for answers. Will he be able to work out what Cath has been up to? And if he does, is there any hope for their relationship?

Oooh sounds like gripping stuff, Chloe – and don’t forget you can catch Chloe’s own blog over at Inept Ramblings Blog

Trust Me, Series One, Episode One ~ Review *** GUEST BLOG ***

Chloe Buckles, a member of Team Break A Leg has very kindly offered to review the new series on BBC One, ‘Trust Me’. We love a guest blog from Chloe, so here she is to tell you all about the show which stars the new Doctor-to-be.

Lovely Chloe, who is one of our treasured Guest Bloggers

With Tuesday nights rapidly becoming a prime time for the BBC to show it’s latest mini drama series, plus the added surge of interest in actress Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor Who, Trust Me is, in my opinion, a piece of ‘must-watch’ TV. And this first episode of the series didn’t disappoint…

So, Who is the Doctor here? Well, one thing’s for sure, Cath Hardacre (Jodie Whittaker) is not. When we first meet her she’s a capable and caring nurse, frustrated by how the system is letting not only her, but more importantly, her patients down. After toying with the idea of taking her concerns to the press, she eventually does the ‘right’ thing and keeps it in house. Unfortunately, her own conduct has been called into question and tables are quickly turned with Cath’s job now on the line.

Losing her job, and watching her best friend Ally Sutton (Andrea Lowe) get ready to jet off to New Zealand for her new life, you see the idea ignite and formulate in her mind – she could become her best friend. An A&E doctor. I’m not sure that when Ally said she’d do anything for Cath, she meant let her steal her identity!

Ally (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) Red Productions – Photographer: Mark Mainz

With so much against a character, who is painted to the viewers as honest and capable, you do feel for Cath. However, her decision to then steal her best friends identity didn’t entirely sit right for me – a hugely drastic decision with potentially enormous consequences for a situation that I didn’t feel was desperate enough, especially given that she is a good character who clearly cares about the quality of care of her patients.

Regardless, what follows is a highly anxious time with Cath masquerading as a qualified doctor, now in Edinburgh having moved from Sheffield. Despite doing her research, Cath is quickly overwhelmed by the pace and complication of an A&E department – apparently not just anyone can do it even with some YouTube tutorials! I felt genuinely uncomfortable, and not just at watching that foot be pulled back into place, but at the concern that she may get it wrong. A rabbit in the headlights. Her time in resus was particularly frightening and reminiscent only of a bad dream – where you are put in a situation where you have absolutely no idea how to respond. This is credit to the exceptional writing and directing, which made the scenes so tense and uneasy to watch as a viewer.

Despite Cath quickly becoming comfortable in her new role, especially in minors, huge cracks are already forming in her plan (which at its heart is simply to give her daughter, Molly, a better life). I look forward to seeing where this is going and, inevitably, how it all unravels as her past life catches up with her.

Trust Me airs on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC One.

 

Chloe blogs at Inept Ramblings Blog

*** Guest Blog by Chloe Buckles*** Neighbours ‘Ramsay Street’ Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 29 May 2017

My guest blogger Chloe did so brilliantly with the last guest blog for Neighbours, that I have asked her to become my regular guest blogger for the show. Who better than a super-fan to have on board to add to the telly blogging here at Break A Leg? So, for your delectation here are her highlights of last week’s episodes:

A fantastic week in Erinsborough. A trip to the shed ended up in the newest Ramsay Street Resident arriving, whilst Sonya made a solemn exit from the Street. A dramatic mixed bag, I’m sure you’ll agree Here are some highlights…

JACKIE WOODBURNE PLAYS SUSAN KENNEDY

Paige and Jack’s Shack ~ Apparently the ‘Love Shack’ has quite the hold on Paige as she is insistent she wants to revisit the place where her life changed. Yeah, I don’t get it either! With Susan and Piper in tow, they set off to the abandoned shed. But all is not well and Paige goes into early labour (rather quickly it would seem)! With Susan feeling increasingly unwell and Piper still recovering from the backpacker’s incident, all three of them are stranded and in great danger in the wilderness. Thankfully, help arrives in the form of guardian angels Dr Karl (of course) and Father Jack. Paige and Jack’s baby boy arrives – in a somewhat more dramatic fashion than your standard nativity but whilst we’re all breathing a sigh of relief, Paige falls unconscious and she’s rushed into hospital and straight into surgery, leaving Jack distraught at the thought of losing her. Confiding in Amy (a friendship I adore. by the way) he questions his future as a Priest (again!) and thinks it might be time to commit himself to Paige and his newly born son. Fast-forward a little while and Paige wakes to find mum Lauren by her bedside and the new mother and son finally get some time to meet and bond.

Susan’s been drugged! ~ Having offered to take Paige (and Piper) to the shack, Susan begins to feel unwell and woozy. She just about makes it as far as the shack, through the wilderness, to find out Paige is in labour. By the time she returns to the car she’s not looking so good and drifts in and out of consciousness, leaving poor Piper to drive to search for phone service. Once help arrives (the aforementioned guardian angels) Susan is admitted to hospital and tests done to determine whether she is suffering an MS relapse. When the results return it’s not MS Susan needs to worry about this time, but she appears to have been drugged! Everyone’s quick to assume a mistake has been made with her vitamins – that is until Elly hears the news, her mind jumps to just one person. But can she prove it?

Finn ~ We know he’s up to no good and playing dirty to get his way to the Principal’s job. So when Elly sets off to Sydney to dig up some dirt on Finn she finds it and assumes that he has a drug problem and that’s how Susan’s pills have been spiked. You’re way off the mark there Elly, but I’m more than ready for us to see Finn get his comeuppance. The only person on his side now is young and impressionable Xanthe, and it’s a manipulative relationship that certainly makes me feel very uncomfortable. The net is closing in, Finn! But who’s going to be the one to figure it all out?

Sonya leaves town ~ Having remembered that she is responsible for the Backpackers disaster, Sonya wants to apologise to all involved. However, her apology falls on deaf ears and there’s very little sympathy in the air for her situation. As Sonya gets lower and lower Toadie tries one last time to encourage her to give the two of them another go. In an honest, emotional and frank discussion they both admit their part in the situation – Sonya finally admitting that she railroaded Toadie into the surrogacy plan and takes responsibility for her part in the situation they now find themselves in. Concerned that too much has changed for anything to go back to how it was, Toadie tells Sonya they could leave Erinsborough together and tells her that he will always love her. But Sonya’s only heading to one place – rehab. Toadie is happy with this idea and it looks hopeful that the pair might reconcile. With half of the street watching on, Sonya departs. But when Toadie checks up on her later in the week, she’s checked herself out. With only one lead on where she might be (an old friend she knew in her previous life as an addict) Toadie is desperate to find her to stop her spiralling even further. Will he be able to convince her to come home?

Chloe blogs at: Inept Ramblings

 

*** Guest Blog by Chloe Buckles*** Neighbours ‘Ramsay Street’ Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 15 May 2017

Message from Helen: As you may or may not know – I’ve been on my holidays recently so I have been in desperate need of help to keep up with my favourite soap, Neighbours. Luckily, I have a rather gifted young writer in my circle who is a super-fan of the show and was happy to lend a hand to her mate! So without further ado, here’s Chloe Buckles and her guest blog…

It’s been a tough week on Ramsay Street, with broken hearts, mentions of divorce and horrible first-boyfriends to contend with.

Here are the highlights…

Sonya’s downward spiral continues ~  Things have gone from bad to worse for Sonya this week. After being unable to ignore Tim Collins’ sly digs at her she’s unable to resist the temptation of downing a bottle or two. Unfortunately, this time, it’s in front of her friends, fellow council members and a journalist for the local newspaper. Toadie is quick to confront her and airs his concerns over her ability to look after their daughter Nell. Later, when Sonya and Nell get hounded by the press after Sonya losing her job as mayor, Toadie suggest perhaps he should move back home to look after her and Nell and work to repair their marriage. And just when we all thought Sonya might give in she’s adamant she wants a divorce. With the prospect of fighting for her daughter, I’m interested to see how Sonya is going to cope in the coming weeks.

Terese dumps Gary ~ It’s hardly been the romance of the year, but Terese and Gary make a fun-loving and unique couple. However, with Gary recently having secretive meeting with ex-partner Brooke, Terese is on high alert. Confiding in Paul, she realises that the damage done by her ex-husband means that she just can’t handle Gary’s secretive behaviour and ends their relationship leaving poor Gary heartbroken and confused.

Pregnancy problems for Paige ~ With the news that her unborn baby is currently breech, Paige has a panic attack and confides in Jack that she could really use her mum (Lauren) around for support. In the absence of her mum Jack arranges for the collection of Ramsay Street residents (Sheila, Susan, Terese, Piper, Amy and Aaron) to pledge their support to Paige, calling themselves the ‘mum-tree’. With so much focus on Paige’s pregnancy problems lately, I can’t help shake the feeling that we’re in for a bumpy ride as her due date gets closer.

Finn ~ The longer he’s around for the more teacher Finn Kelly is giving everyone an uneasy feeling. Not only is he completely manipulating Xanthe and abusing his position of trust with her but he’s eyeing up Susan’s job as principal. Not content to simply keep his dossier of Susan’s poor performance, he was also researching MS and swiping Piper’s painkillers – he’s definitely up to no good and everyone is starting to smell a rat.

David’s out and proud ~ David’s recent revelation that he is gay to his family and friends has lead him straight into the arms of work colleague Will on his first date. It’s a shame that Will isn’t the good guy he appears though, and after over-hearing him on the phone showing absolutely no respect for David, Aaron has no trouble telling Will where to go. Do I detect a bit of jealousy in the air?

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